Thursday, May 13, 2010

NPR Puzzle 5/9/10 -- Wessonality Ads (i.e., Oil Spots)

Here's this week's puzzle:
Think of a big name in the oil business, then drop the first and last letters to get another big name in the oil business. What names are these? 
The answer is W{ESSO}N.  For some reason -- and this will reveal my age! -- this makes me imagine Florence Henderson at a pre-Exxon gas station.  (If you're too young, or too foreign-born, to get the allusion:  She was the pitchwoman for Wesson Oil back in the day.  Here's Wesson, Wiki-style.  Esso, I gather, is still used as a gas brand in Canada, but it's been Exxon since 1973.  Here's Wiki on Esso/Exxon.)




(Hey, just be glad I didn't post any oil-splattered photos of fried foods.)

Okay, let's see what people picked for this week's Guess the Number of Entries challenge.

Fewer than 100
100 - 200
200 - 300
300 - 400
400 - 500
500 - 600
600 - 700
700 - 800
800 - 900
900 - 1,000
1,000 - 1,100 -- Jordan
1,100 - 1,200 -- Dave
1,200 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,500 -- Magdalen
1,500 - 2,000 -- Ross
2,000 - 2.500 -- Ben
2,500 - 3,000 -- Mendo Jim

3,000 - 3,500 -- Charlie
3,500 - 4,000 -- Tom
4,000 - 4,500 -- Marie
4,500 - 5,000
More than 5,000
More than 5,000 and it sets a new record.

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